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In High Frontier, O'Neill had mapped out a straightforward, manifestly doable path to putting humans into space permanently and sustainably, using 1970s materiel and current-day Zubrin-style know-how. But O'Neill died in 1992 seeing humanity no closer to fulfilling his bold vision. Freeman Dyson points out in a new introduction to this edition that in many ways we've actually backslided, that the International Space Station (and the current role of NASA) is "not a step forward on the road to the High Frontier. It's a big step backward, a setback that will take decades to overcome."
But O'Neill's idea of pursuing an inexhaustible energy supply (solar power in space) and endless room to expand remains tantalizingly attractive. The science has only gotten easier, and the moral imperative has only become more pronounced, with the planet's resources ever steadily squeezed and the recent knowledge that a mass-extinction event on Earth is nearly inevitable. (O'Neill calls the High Frontier the only chance to make human life--perhaps all life in the universe--"unkillable.") The High Frontier is as exciting a read as it ever was, and six new chapters provide context for the advances made in the 25 years since O'Neill's original manifesto. But perhaps the best addition to this printing is the chance to see and hear the soft-spoken physicist himself, in more than an hour of MPEG video included on the CD-ROM. --Paul Hughes
The High Frontier gives a realistic view on how Humans can build Habitats in space. This book was written in the 1970's and it is sad how far behind schedule we in setelling space.Published 13 days ago by John Douglas Austin
Phenomenal. Though first printed in 1971, this book is still way ahead of its time. This author brings scientific and engineering abilities together with imagination, and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nanette Flakes
I first read this book over thirty years ago. It is even more relevant today, than it was back then. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Timothy A Shaw, Sr.
What a great book. I wish there was a republished version with color plates. The graphics are fantastic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ron & Socorro Zebal
I read the 1977 edition. Naturally, the book could stand some updating. Taking all that into consideration, the book is worth reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JimFoxy
This is a pretty good book, but I liked the original that this is based on a bit better.Published 9 months ago by Radley Pigott
I read this book decades ago and was frankly delighted to find a copy for my grandson. while I don't have the educational background to evaluate the theories advanced, it seems... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ms. Susanne Geiger